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“Great location and crowd”

The Buckhorn Saloon and Texas Ranger Museum
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The Buckhorn Saloon & Museum and Texas Ranger Museum
Ranked #32 of 265 things to do in San Antonio
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: For over 135 years, The Buckhorn Saloon has been known as a gathering place for good conversation, great food and spectacular wildlife exhibits. Explore the animal halls and prepare yourself for a truly immersive adventure. Practice your sharp shooting skills in our Toepperwein Shooting Gallery and explore over 500 different animals from around the world. The Texas Ranger Museum houses Texas Ranger artifacts including antique revolvers, automatic handguns, shotguns, badges, photographs and much more. Sip a refreshing drink as you stroll through the 33,000 square feet of artifacts from Texas history. Don't forget to grab a bite of lunch in our Cafe and pick up some souvenirs in our gift shop! The Cafe is open daily for lunch from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Both museums open daily at 10:00 AM. Call for exact closing times. Summer hours 10AM to 9PM. Off season hours vary. Located two blocks from the Alamo and one block from the Riverwalk, The Buckhorn Saloon and Museum and Texas Ranger Museum have something for everyone!
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Fayetteville, Georgia
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278 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Great location and crowd”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2013

The location is great for the Riverwalk area with historic vibe. Service was quick and food was better than typical bar quality. The shop had unique Texas gifts. The Buckhorn is worth the time.

Visited December 2012
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Tyler20, General Manager at The Buckhorn Saloon and Texas Ranger Museum, responded to this review, January 3, 2013
Thank you for your positive feedback on The Buckhorn Saloon & Museum and Texas Ranger Museum. We work very hard to maintain a historic presence in our museum, while also appealing to all age groups. We also strive to provide our guests with unique and one-of-a-kind gifts in our gift shop. Thank you for noticing and appreciating our efforts.

Yvonne Pedigo
GM & Gift Shop Manager
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Sudbury, Massachusetts
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“If you love taxidermy, you will love this museum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2013

We attended a conference reception at the Buckhorn and were definitely entertained by the museum and armadillo races. The food was good, the waitstaff was friendly and helpful and those armadillos were a hoot. We could have spent all night in the museums! Not for those who get creeped out by lots of taxidermy, there are thousands of ungulate heads adorning the walls and many rooms of animals from all over. Particularly eye-opening are the rooms of stranger-than-fiction animals with double antlers, double heads and all manner of weird formations. We did enjoy the old-fashioned fun-house quality of the antique museum. A great place for families with some education and Texas grub too.

Visited November 2012
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Tyler20, Director of Sales at The Buckhorn Saloon and Texas Ranger Museum, responded to this review, January 3, 2013
Thank you so much for your review. It sounds like you attended a private event at The Buckhorn Museum. We work exclusively with Don Strange Catering of Texas and they put on the best events in the city!! The food is wonderful and where else are you going to see armadillo races in downtown San Antonio?! Thank you for commenting on this event, we hope your organization will come back and visit again soon. Happy New Year!

Karen Bippert
Director of Sales
Buckhorn Museum
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Memphis, Tennessee
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259 reviews
75 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
“Kind of weird and funky”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2013

We were in San Antonio Christmas week and when looking for something to do Christmas Day, we saw Buckhorn was one of the few attractions open. Also, it was within walking distance of our hotel, so that was a plus. Its kind of part natural history museum, part Believe it or Not side show kind of museum and part Texas Ranger museum. Its an odd mix, but an interesting way to spend a couple of hours. We had a drink and quick snack in the bar area before leaving. It was nothing memorable.

I did think the price was kind of steep. With a coupon, it was still $55 for three adults. I realize the tickets are really good for two days, but its not the kind of thing we'd go back and look at again the next day.

Visited December 2012
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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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“Fantastic!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2012

My first trip was back in 1962 while stationed at Lackland AFB. Next trip back in 2008 while attending the American Dental Association Convention. As a young single man it was great, as a mature man with a family, it was fantastic. The place is one of the most unique and enjoyable facilities I have ever visited. The service was friendly, prompt and entertaining, the drinks are cold and the food is second to none. I have reccomended this place to everyone I have run into who plan on viaiting San Antonio. I tell them, visit the Alamo for the history, but, don't you dare miss out on visiting the Buck Horn Saloon and plan on at least half a day for the visit.

Visited December 2012
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San Antonio, Texas
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“Fun!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2012

It is a fun and interesting place. We took visiting family to the Riverwalk and decided to go in, as it was 100 degrees out. We really enjoyed it. There is a lot to look at and the kids really enjoyed the root beer!

Visited March 2012
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